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, america goes after a bridge over the fiscal cliff. the spending cuts and tax hikes are expected to take effect. >> the night before the fiscal cliff. the senate gave up until tomorrow. >> there is still time to reach an agreement. >> they dropped the demand to cut social security. >> i am optimistic we can live move legislation and get this averted before tomorrow. >> the taxes will go up on most americans. huge cuts kick in. >> i think it is obvious president obama wants us to go over the fiscal cliff. >> president obama blamed republicans. >> they say the biggest priority is making sure they deal with the deficit in a significant way. they are behaving in a way that they're only priority is that the tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. blacks mitch mcconnell is vowing to find out. -- >> mitch mcconnell is vowing to find out. >> can the senate veteran help congress tumble to a deal on the last day? >> if we do go off the fiscal cliff, congress would be more likely to make a deal. members could claim they are cutting taxes. >> thank you. if america does fall off the fi
championship begins to sink in. >>> but first, the u.s. is apparently going over the fiscal cliff. in just six hours across the board spending cuts and automatic tax hikes for all americans will kick in. lawmakers say they're close to an agreement. there are still some major sticking points. randall pinkston has the very latest. >> reporter: the gnat is close to a daily as the clock ticks toward mid nature and the nation teethers on the edge of the so-called fiscal cliff. >> let's pass the tax relief portion now. let's take what's been agreed to and get moving. >> reporter: the tentative deal would extend bush era tax cuts for families making $450,000 a year and individuals making 40 o,000. it would also extend unemployment benefits for one year. president obama said he would have preferred a grand bargain that solves all of washington's revenue and spending problems. >> with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. it may be we can do it in stages. >> reporter: negotiations have been going on all day, lawmakers and aids moving back and forth between meetin
the fiscal cliff, just four days left before we go over the edge triggers tax hikes, spending cuts that could send the nation back into recession. the president calling for members of the congress the back. a gang of six attending. vice president biden, harry reid, house minority leader nancy pelosi, mitch mcconnell and john boehner representing the republicans. brianna keilar is live from washington. is anybody optimistic that a deal could be done today around a table? >> i will tell you the optimism is sort of sinking. senate majority leader harry reid said he doesn't see how it can get done by january 1st. we heard from president obama before he left from his vacation that he was optimistic. logistically the white house will tell you it's possible. when you listen to what you're hearing some of these congressional leaders say, there's a lot of posturing laying blame to the other side if we do go over the cliff. take a listen. >> republicans are not about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> we are here in wa
. >> some hope for talks on the fiscal cliff. with just five days until the country tumbles into automatic tax hikes and spending cuts the president has scheduled a meeting. danielle nottingham on the efforts. >> reporter: top congressional leaders are expected to meet with president obama at the white house friday. this would be the group's first face to face meeting since november 16th and a last minute chance to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if no deal is reached taxes will go up for nearly every american and harsh spending cuts will kick in on january 1st. senators reconvened on thursday with tension spilling over on to the floor. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. there's nothing happening. >> the phone never rang and so now here we are five days from the new year and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: senate majority lyddite harry reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker's number one goal is to get elected speaker on january 3rd. >> reporter: the two sides
the "fiscal cliff"? it is still possible but experts say with every passing hour it becomes more difficult. >> well, we're now at the last minute. the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. >> reporter: congressional leaders left the white house after trying to negotiate an 11th hour deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts that begin on january 1. the president emerged shortly after admitting no deal had been reached at least not yet. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reid and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over to the house and done in a timely fashion. >> reporter: the senate is in session today and is expected to return on sunday along with the house. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> reporter: but time is clearly running out for congress. st. mary's college polit
will grow over the so-called " fiscal cliff. " that's when automatic tax increases and spending cuts could take effect. retain a deal before then will not be easy. because right now, both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of a house representatives are watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. i told the president that i would be happy to look at whatever he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline here and as i said this is a conversation we should have made months ago. democrats want to extend the bush era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making too much and $50,000 or more a year. many republicans remain against any tax increases. >> former president george h. w. bush is still in intensive care at a hospital in houston. the former president's family is confident that he will be out of i see you soon. if the former president's chief of staff since supporters a note yesterday including this ". " he wo
moments. >> grant: the deadline to the fiscal cliff just 5 days away and politicians are cutting their holiday vacations short to take up the issue of tax cuts once more. we have the latest. a winter snow storm slamming the mideast and northwest! a look at weather that's keeping thousands of airline travelers stranded plus. a big brawl at the mall has shoppers running for safety! those stories and more ahead as kron 4 news at 6 continues. have a good night. here you go. you, too. i'm going to dream about that steak. i'm going to dream about that tiramisu. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. (screaming) 1that was the scene at a sacramento mall last night. after a huge brawl broke out between at least 20- teenagers a
is running out to avert the fiscal cliff of tax increases in domestic programs cuts in january. some members of congress are concerned that a deal can't be reached. >> we are going to go over the cliff now because that is what the president wants. you cannot negotiate with someone who does not want to negotiate. >> president obama is and why you right now and will be cutting his vacation short. we will see the taxes go up if we do go over the fiscal cliff. palin a nurses' strike thousands of nurses walked off the job today at nine bay area hospitals. nurses with a center helps halt the bay summit medical center are asking for a negotiated labor contracts and improvement in patient care protections. such as staffing levels, a health benefits, and sick days. strikers a hospital officials want to reduce the number of paid sick days for nurses and technicians while maintaining health care coverage for those who work fewer than 30 hours a week. >> we're looking at power outages this morning all across the bay area. here's a look at the numbers. in the north bay 1075 people are without power. on t
is cutting short his vacation to head back to washington to try to reach a compromise on the fiscal cliff. congress will also return from its holiday break. >>> you'll see great deals today at the stores. preholiday sales were disappointing this year. so, now, many retailers are stuck with the inventory they need to clear out. >>> and looking at today's weather. rain along the west coast. snow in the mountains. cold in the center of the nation is, with blizzard warnings in seven states. heavy rain in the northeast. >>> and finally, the most unlikely of christmas gifts. and we know this one isn't being returned today. that's simply because it's the family's dog. >> this is such a heartwarming story. it was stolen from a street in new york city. now, thanks to good samaritans the dog is back home. andy seal of wabc reports. >> oh, yes. >> reporter: angie estrada and her daughter, mia, never thought they would see their dog, marley, again. >> he's so fluffy. and he's so adorabldorable. i can't trim the tree without him. it's hard to be without him. >> reporter: marley, last seen being dog-na
big tax hikes that are part of the fiscal cliff. also big cuts in government spending that could make 2013 a pretty rough year. congress is ending 2012 with a real problem. >> when the future of the country rests in the hands with 70 and 80-year-olds is not the best thing. >> the vice president appears to be taking over for democrats after a republican counter offer to prevent tax hikes was met by silence. harry reed said democrats couldn't respond. >> i'm willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >> reached out to the vice president whose years in the senate could help him broker a deal. probably just a continuation of the bush era tax cuts for most americans and a renewal of long-term unemployment benefits. payroll taxes will go up tomorrow for everyone. a big hit for paychecks and those automatic government spending cuts were still happen. president obama blamed republicans. >> we don't see an agreement and now the pressure is on congress to produce. >> the president talked about making social security cuts. and they now appear to be off the table. which means that just
, cutting his hawaii vacation short because of the looming fiscal cliff deadline. it is now just five days away. is there any movement on either side? how many more times can we ask this question of abc chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, joining us this morning. dare i ask, where we stand this morning? >> reporter: good news and bad news. the president's coming back to washington. the senate's coming back. they're ready to strike a deal. the bad news, josh, no progress whatsoever. and, in fact, the treasury department said that the government on monday will hit the limit of how much money we can borrow to run the government. they're going to do some extraordinary measures to keep us going until february. but things look grim. the one sliver of good news i can say on the substance is, the speaker's office tells me this morning there has been contact between the speaker of the house and the president, at least on the staff level. and they won't say whether or not the two men actually spoke. >> contact. hazahs all around. we heard a lot about taxes that will increase. what do we
, cutting short his holiday vacation. however, with only five days before the fiscal cliff deadline, no new negotiations have been scheduled. and adding to the pressure, treasury secretary tim geithner says the country is on track to hit its borrowing limit on monday. >>> and former president george h.w. bush has been moved to the intensive care unit at a hospital in houston. he's in guarded condition because of a stubborn fever. former president bush has been in the hospital for more than a month trying to recover from bronchitis. >>> you think you pay a lot to park. not compared to folks in chicago. it's going to soon cost $6.50 per hour. that's like 10 cents a minute at a meter downtown. >> in quarters. >> you can also use a credit card. >> who carries $6.50 in quarters? >> you can use a credit card, you guys. >> makes perfect sense. >> but they have the dubious distinction of having the most expensive parking meters in chicago. so, congratulations, chicago. it's a lot of money. >>> but at least this won't happen to your car if you fail to pay. this is in russia, you guys. this is a mass
to fall off that fiscal cliff. if that happens, that would mean the end of the temporary payroll tax cuts. even if that doesn't happen, most believe taxes will go up next year. >> one of the things that is being floated right now is people are advising people to get out of dividend paying funds, high dividend yield funds and move more into tax exempt bonds and things like that that won't be taxed. >> the current budget negotiations between president obama and house speaker john boehner also could mean the reduction of the popular deduction for charitable contributions. >>- q. i if it came to the poi -- >> if it came to the point where i wasn't receiving my credit for helping out a charity or even helping them out in their situation, then why would i even help them out? >> statements like that that has the chief executive officer of the united way of the bay area and other nonprofits fighting to obtain charitable deductions. >> it would be a mistake to think thereth was only a benefit for high income people. 24r* are many, many donors who itemize their taxes, and they take advantage of the
. as fiscal cliff talks drag into the 11th hour with $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in early next year, lawmakers will get back to the table later this week after house speaker john boehner's plan b failed to get enough republican support for a vote last week. >>> still, the market has been resilient. despite friday's decline, the s&p 500 posted its best week in four. and with just five trading sessions left in 2012, the dow has advanced 8% while the s&p 500 climbed 13. the nasdaq has jumped 16%. >>> reports are due this week on pending home sales. sales of new homes and a look at home prices in the nation's 20 largest cities. >>> are you still not sure what to get for the person who has everything? new retail numbers show footwear was the fifth most popular gift on shoppers' lists on black friday. a year ago, shoes didn't even make it into the top ten gifts for the season. >>> good news for hollywood. attendance by moviegoers is up more than 5.5% so far this year. ticket revenue is projected to jump by 6% by the end of 2012 which would be the industry's biggest year
house to avoid the fiscal cliff. president obama and congress it will be thursday before talks resume to try and prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect january first. andrew spencer has the latest. >> some republican lawmakers say old, once the country to fall off the physical cliff. >> we have gone over the cliff now, later, the fiscal cliff-you cannot negotiate with some of that does not want to negotiate. >> john boehner failed to get enough votes were planned beat that would raise taxes for people earning more than $1 million. the speaker, and the president left town without making a deal. >> i have passed leaders of congress to work together to create a deal to protect and employment for 2 million americans, protect middle america the middle income americans and also work on deficit reduction. >> the president solution would still leave red ink as far as the eye could see. and difficult for jobs. >> this is it difficult for the brink of perpetual gridlock. >> this is likely that we will go over the fiscal cliff and not and if we allow that to happen. wou
that done or milk prices go up and with the fiscal cliff, massive tax increases and spending cuts. that's the latest here at the white house, back to you. >> thank you, sherri. >>> we've been getting responses to the cliff talks on our facebook page. that's where we asked you, what do you think about congress and the white house not reaching a deal on the fiscal cliff? do you think it's possible that a compromise will be reached before the deadline? tammy simpson writes -- peggy fleming says -- >> a lot of people fired up obviously over this. >>> traffic is back to normal on the springfield interchange, even while virginia state police continue to investigate a deadly accident there. this happened around 7:00 last night when a tractor-trailer stopped in traffic, was rear- ended by a pickup truck. three people inside the pickup truck died at the scene. the driver of the tractor- trailer was not hurt. >>> d.c. police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest in the shooting death of a capitol hill man. jason emma was shot multiple times the morning of christmas e
fiscal cliff. >> the president was about 200 billion higher on revenues. boehner 200 billion higher on spending cuts. out of a trillion dollar budget that doesn't seem unsurmountable so i would hope they would keep talking. >> congress is expected to be back in session by thursday. without a deal tax hikes for all americans and deep spending cuts will be triggered on january 1st. >>> the head of the national rifle association today defended his group's refusal to consider any form of gun control. >> look a gun is a tool. the problem is the criminal. every police officer that walks the street knows if you want to control violent crime take violent criminals off the street. >> on friday the nra called for armed guards in schools as the best way to prevent shootings like the one in newtown connecticut. today warner a supporter of gun ownership called for mental health care as a way to protect schools. >>> religion leaders prayed for peace and called for action to prevent gun violence. church members held sunday service then a town hall forum to answer questions and spark discussion. ac
of striking a last- minute fiscal cliff deal. no deal will mean spending cuts and tax increases for millions of americans with fears that it could trigger another recession. ed henry has latest. >> happy new year. >> the house and senate back to work for a rare sunday session trying to figure out the fiscal cliff negotiations. a lot of talk, very few solutions so far. >> our membership is frustrated as the american people we're sworn to serve. >> none. votes that we'll be casting today have anything to do with these deadlines that we face in slightly more than 24 hours. we're here. we're ready. >> reporter: president obama sitting down for his first sunday morning talk show interview in over three years told nbc it is time to lawmakers to nail down a deal o. >> we don't yet see an agreement and now the pressure is on congress to produce. >> reporter: republicans and democrats going back and forth behind closed doors working through night trying to avoid some of the most painful tax hikes and spending cuts in our nation's history. >> there is still significant distance between the two sides b
the fiscal cliff, however, and that's the bad news. and looming tax hikes, spending cuts, all of that. both sides warning a very big deal becoming a bit more unlikely. >> and my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bill with just republicans. on a broad thing like this, you need both. and he has put himself with plan b and sort of an impossible position. he has to get these hard right goes to go along with him. and he and the president were going to say we're going to pass a deal with the majority of republicans and the majority of democrats in the house and senate, we would get a mainstream deal. >> i think we're going to fall out of the fiscal tree. the big deal for the big deal is at the debt ceiling. that's when we will have leverage to turn the country around. >> congress is now out of session for the christmas holiday. but expect it to be back thursday. joe, we talked to some of the senators and congress last week saying will you come back from vacation? some of them pretend like they weren't going, but i think they really were. >> if boehner's leadership is
. a traditionally quiet week could become hellish for traders. as fiscal cliff talks drag into the 11th hour with $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in early next year, lawmakers will get back to the table later this week after house speaker john boehner's plan b failed to get enough republican support for a vote last week. >>> still, the market has been resilient. despite friday's decline, the s&p 500 posted its best week in four. and with just five trading sessions left in 2012, the dow has advanced 8% while the s&p 500 climbed 13. the nasdaq has jumped 16%. >>> reports are due this week on pending home sales. sales of new homes and a look at home prices in the nation's 20 largest cities. >>> are you still not sure what to get for the person who has everything? new retail numbers show footwear was the fifth most popular gift on shoppers' lists on black friday. a year ago, shoes didn't even make it into the top ten gifts for the season. >>> good news for hollywood. attendance by moviegoers is up more than 5.5% so far this year. ticket revenue is projected to jump by 6%
that remains before our economy falls off the fiscal cliff. tonight we're learning congressional leaders will convene at the white house tomorrow for last-minute talks to avoid tax increases and spending cuts. kron 4's justine waldman has details on negotiations. >> reporter: the economy is getting very close to falling off the fiscal cliff. though a last minute plan could be in the works. on friday, congressional leaders will meet with the president to discuss the standoff. obama and congressional democrats want a deal that would let tax rates rise for the wealthiest taxpayers. many republicans remain against any tax increases. the white house meeting would be the first time the president has huddled with all four november 16. the senate is back in session. majority leader harry reid is starting to sound pesimistic. >> reid: "i have to be very honest. i don't know how it can happen now." >> reporter: the house is still on christmas break. but will meet sunday evening, a little more than 24 hours before the "fiscal cliff" arrives. but it's not clear what legislation it might consider >>
's sending lawmakers a scaled down plan to avoid that fiscal cliff. abc 7 mark matthews brings us up to speed on gridlock. >> sticking point continues to be tax cuts z in starting to look like no deal before the january 1 deadline. this may already be too late. five days until the fiscal cliff. hairy reid admitted a deal seems unlikely. >> i have to be honest. i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reid called john boehner a dictateor and paintin painting -- pointing blame on him. >> we're here in washington working. wile members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and baseball. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership. >> the republican leader says the democrats have failed. the only reason democrats have been trying to deflect attention on to me and my colleagues over the past few weeks is that they zront a plan of their own. >> the president return forward a last minute push before leaving on vacation in hawaii. he had separate phone conversations but it isn't clear talks helped. >> hopefully there is time
is returning to the white house to work on a fiscal cliff deal before the year ends. house and senate members are going to reconvene without an agreement, automatic tax increases and that will be triggered in the new year. it looks like few people season. retails are the weakest. holiday sales increased. and they expected them to go 6 to 4%. it's blamed on super sandy which stroke the east coast but let us not forget why obama is returning from hawaii early. the lawmakers will be able to reach a deal. >>> we have rainfalling across the bay area and some heavy showers and departing san jose out of the santa clarita valley but there's showers coming in and i'll let you know on storm track 4 coming up. with my keurig vue brewer, i can brew my coffee just the way i love it. how do you do that? inside the brewer, there's this train that makes coffee stronger, bigger, and hotter! actually, i just press this button. brew what you love with the keurig vue. >> we have wet weather still falling across the bay area and here's live storm track, but the rain is gone for this evening and showers in the sou
to vote tonight on a last-minute deal to prevent going over the fiscal cliff. without a deal, automatic tax hikes and deep cuts in defense spending and other areas are set to go into effect at 34id night. right now the house doesn't expect to vote tonight, but house speaker boehner reminded measures to stay close to the capitol in case that changes. >>> celebrating on this new year's eve, some couples getting ready to tie the knott at midnight in maryland. those marges will officially become law legal in the state at 12:01 a.m. that has one couple from frederick plans their ceremony right down to the second. pirchlts whenever it says 12:01, wherever i am, i will say "you are married." >> i want to spend the rest of my life with her, and i want to tell the world that, and i should be able to. >> i'm excited and thankful we get to have this day. i'm just happy. >> reporter: couples wanting to get married will have to wait until wednesday as maryland courthouses are closed for new year's day. >>> there's other new laws taking effect in maryland. the first is the child identify lock law. it
. >> reporter: the night before the fiscal cliff. >> the senate stands in recess. >> reporter: the senate gave until tomorrow. >> there still time left to reach an agreement. >> reporter: house lawmakers headed home, dropping a command to cut social security and hope the senate sends them a deal with minimal tax hikes on the rich. >> i'm still optimistic that we can get this averted before the final hour here tomorrow. >> reporter: when the clock strikes 2013, taxes go up on most americans. huge defense cuts kick in, which some republicans claim barack obama favors. >> it's obvious the president wants us to go over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: on "meet the press," president obama blamed republicans. >> they say their biggest priority is dealing with the deficit, but the way they're behaving is their only priority is making sure taxes don't go up on the rich. >> reporter: the senate minority leader says -- >> i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: enter vice president joe biden, called by mcconnell. can the senate veteran help congress stumble to a deal on the
for the president to go off the fiscal cliff. but both sides are saying, you know what? maybe it's better to go off the cliff. politically, members of congress will have to vet on tax cuts as opposed to now which are tax increases which are much harder to take. >> that's right. because the tax hikes will happen whether or not congress acts, so the school of thought here is that if republicans and temp kratz were to allow this just to happen, then they could vote for infect only tax cuts, not be on the record voting for tax hikes. now for the very staunch anti tax folks, it's unclear if that would really pass muster with them, but certainly this is something being considered you know, dana. >> absolutely. i'm sure the markets won't know that. brianna, good to see you. while in hawaii, president obama and first lady michelle obama paid their respects to late senator daniel inouye. inouye died last week from a respiratory illness. he was 88 years old. following that the president went to visit the grave of his old grandfather who is buried at the very same cemetery. >> he will be missed and remembered
. >>> also today is the final day of fiscal cliff negotiations. hope of reaching a wide-ranging deal in automatic spending increases and tax cuts is all but gone. spending would be reduced and cuts would be felt in all areas of the government. economies have warned that going over the cliff would cause a spike in unemployment and trigger another recession. this morning the senate reconvenes with the aim of reaching a smaller deal, one that might spare millions of americans from paying her taxes. danielle nottingham reporting now from washington. >> lawmakers are still working on it. >> i want everyo one to know i' willing to get this done but i need dance partner. >> the main sticking point between democrats and republicans continues to be over the threshold of tax increases. president obama campaigned on raising taxes on income over $250,000 while many congressional republicans have pushed back against any tax increases. president obama is placing the blame for the impasse on the gop. >> they say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious w
into the swipe of things. plus, could a tumble off the fiscal cliff hurt the markets? one trader says don't fall for the hype. first business starts now. you're watching first business: financial news, analysis, and today's investment ideas. good morning. it's friday, december 28th. i'm angela miles. in today's first look: watch your neck. the market is a head-turner. yesterday the dow dropped more than 100 points on word out of washington a resolution to the fiscal cliff was unlikely. but president obama returned early from vacation and is said to have a new proposal to offer congress, sparking a rally that left the dow down just 19 points. reports are swirling apple is moving production of its mac mini computers to foxconn plants in the u.s. apple may also be working on a smart watch. and, the new york stock exchange landed the most ipo for 2012. larry levin of trading advantage joins us now. larry, it feels like we are already hanging off that cliff. > > it definitely feels that way. everybody is obviously watching for some kind of news out of washington. that is what has moved the market eve
number one is avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> unless the president obama and congress can reach a deal by the new year, tax increases and spending cuts will automatically take effect. >> and the clock is ticking. >>> of course, when we look back at this year, president obama's re-election was one of the biggest political stories of the year. all others, you could say, they pealed in comparison. >> with the first of our year-enders, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: to win a second term, president obama had to overcome a well funded opponent, a struggling economy, and voters' doubts that he had the right agenda to turn the nation around. [ chanting ] >> all: four more years! >> reporter: and after a roller coaster season, he got them. mitt romney may have started off at the frontrunner, but to win the republican nomination, he had to fend off some feisty challengers. >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against barack obama. >> the odds are very high i'm going to be the nominee. >> reporter: and overcome some self-inflicted wounds. >> i like being able to fire pe
, president obama and the top lawmakers meet today at the white house on the fiscal cliff. any compromise is expected to include an extension of the middle class tax cuts with increased rates at upper incomes. spending cuts could also be canceled. ahead of those talks, plenty of blame is being spread around already. >> john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> hopefully there's time for an agreement of some kind. >> speaker john boehner called the house back into session for a highly unusual sunday evening session just in case. >>> an unexpected consequence of the fiscal cliff stalemate could mean sticker shock at your grocery store. milk prices could soon spike to $8 a gallon. wow. congress has been so bogged down with the fiscal cliff, the farm bill is still on the table. if congress does not pass it, dairy subsidies would immediately end on january 1, and those subsidies have been keeping milk prices low for 63 years. >>> the price of curbside parking in chicago is going up january 1. parking meters will charge $
from the fiscal cliff. talks to try to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts won't resume until thursday. andrew spencer has the very latest. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers says president obama wants the country to fall off the fiscal cliff. >> we were gonna go over the cliff before. we are gonna now because that's what the president wants. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner failed to get enough vote for his plan b on thursday. that would have raised taxes on people making more than a million dollars a year. on friday, they left town with no deal. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevent as tax hike on middle-class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> raising taxes could still be red ink as far as i can see and it would hurt jobs. >> reporter: some long-time lawmakers are dismayed by the perpetual gridlock. >> i feel it's more likely we'll go over the cliff than not and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal
. people who make between $75,000 to $100,000 will pay almost double that. news about the fiscal cliff has not been good with the president and congress far apart. if they can't agree on a budget plan by january 1st, government spending cuts will increase automatically. market watchers worry that it will put the country into a recession. >> dan: annual toy drive is in full swing. there are not enough toys so far. so a plea is going out to lefty o'doul's at union square. that is where tomas ramon is live with the story tonight. >> reporter: i seek behind me there are firefighters here, they are collecting toys that people are driving by and dropping off. they collected 4600 toys so far. it's far less than 15,000 they were hoping to collect so they are asking people if they can't want to give a toy for christmas drive by and drop off a gift. six-year-old jordan young has new toy cars for christmas. he is one of three dozen children who are getting gifts early. 8-year-old appreciate yachts what is being done for her neighbors. >> it is great especially the kids that don't have things. >> repo
to try to avoid that fiscal cliff. reena ninan is traveling with the president. she joins us, now, from honolulu, hawaii. reena, has there been any movement to try to reach a compromise here? >> reporter: it doesn't seem that either side -- the president or the white house has reached out to either side over this christmas break. no movement moving forward on these fiscal cliff talks. the focus will shift to the senate. they have to try to craft something together that will pass both the house and the senate. so, the burden is now on them to try to strike some sort of a deal. that's because on friday before congress left for christmas, the house was unable to get any sort of a deal passed through. >> and, reena, give us a play-by-play. what can we expect this week? where will the white house be focusing their efforts? >> reporter: right. as i mentioned, capitol hill, now, taking the emphasis over at the senate side. the other concern that the white house does have is to make sure that they come to their different party lines. the democrats want to see, obviously, the middle class not fa
of the tax situation and pending cuts, do you see anything from the fiscal cliff? >> i think the average consumer doesn't understand the fiscal cliff but i think they watch the news and understand something is wrong and people are very worried about it. i think that the way things stand now, if we do go over the cliff, it is going to be most of an impact for lower end consumer. i think the higher end consumer still has an ability to spend. certainly maybe a bit more cognizant of impaktd opinion but their ability to spend on discretionary categories, it is not hammered to the extent it'll cause major pull back in spending and categories of things we cover. maybe they won't buy boats and homes, but i think sweaters and watches will sell good in that category. >> that is certainly a big, big worry but again a worry for lower end consumer. more so than the higher end consumer. if you look at employment trends, high end versus low end, it is a very different story and i think that the lower end consumer is the consumer i'm most worried about if we good over the fiscal cliff. >> what do you th
house later today to talk about plans to avert the so-of called fiscal cliff. before the senate adjourned yesterday, majority leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell debated the fiscal cliff and talked about negotiations surrounding the tax hikes and automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect in a few days. this is about 5 minutes -- 15 minutes. >> madam president, you'll excuse me if i'm a little frustrated at the situation we find ourselves in, but last night president obama called myself and the speaker and maybe others from hawaii and asked if there was something we could do to avoid the fiscal cliff. i say i'm a little frustrated, because we've been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months, literallye for months. a plan that would simplify theod tax code, shrink the deficit, protect the taxpayers and grow the economy. but democrats consistently rejected those offers. the president chose instead to spend his time on the campaign trail. reelected. and congressional democrats sat on theirel hands. now repub
about the fiscal cliff. they say sales rose 0.7% this holiday season compared to a 2% increase leisure. >> netflix's c. ito reed hastings pay with the double to $4 million next year, after he took a pay cut due to the management missteps and this year. hastings pay will include $2 million in stock options. controversy will decisions, including a steep price hikes on subscriptions, said the stock spiraling down and 2011. hastings pay was cut shortly thereafter. >> making interstate phone calls could soon get cheaper. this is for prison inmates. prison calling systems are different and normal pay phones. a typical 50 minute conversation, and because an average of $16. and new york, where fees are banned, rates can go as low as 5ยข a minute. but in places like colorado, and rates it charged more than 96 admitted. the fcc is planning to open up public comment and reduce rates nationwide. >> we will be right back. >> let's take a live look outside at our nation's capital. it this is that washington d.c.. the snow is falling there. now back in our local weather. >> snow levels are dropping d
some of the spending cuts that are part of this so-called fiscal cliff. republicans want to see more deficit reduction. democrats say that could come later, but this would be a smaller plan. there are really some serious differences and not a lot of time left. congress has created its own deadline to this so-called fiscal cliff and now has to live by it over the next several hours to see if something can get done. erica? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you. chuck todd is nbc's political director. kelly mentioned some constructive movement but then there's this chasm we keep hearing about. is there a chance for a deal? >> i think -- i want to say yes, there's a chance for a deal! they're not that far apart. it really depends on the political motivations of the people at the negotiating table. you think about joe biden and mitch mcconnell, mitch mcconnell is totally looking at this through a political lens, what is in the best interest of republicans in his view? from what i understand in his view he thinks what's in the best interest of the republican party is getting the tax issue off the
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